Go East is targeted at Singapore students, particularly those in Institutes of Higher Learning. The initiative aims at exposing them to the changing face of Chinese society and helping them gain ground experience working and living in China.
The core programmes of the Go East initiative include:
- China-Quotient Student Forum
- BCYC China Learning Journey
- FutureChina Youth Forum
- Outreach to Schools
- E3 Workshop
In close collaboration with the prestigious FutureChina Global Forum, the inaugural FutureChina Youth Forum was launched in July 2013. It was renamed to Business China Youth Showdown in 2015. The Showdown aims to provide a national platform whereby Singapore students who are currently pursuing China Studies, Bicultural Studies or International Business can have a chance to further augment their level of understanding of contemporary China and the relevance of its rise to Singapore.
Business China Youth Chapter (BCYC) was formed in 2010 by a group of voluntary student members and supported by the Go East Committee. BCYC’s main objective is in line with Business China’s vision and mission of promoting the significance of bilingualism and biculturalism amongst Singaporean youths and facilitating their relevance in the increasingly competitive global workplace.
BCYC provides a platform for a selected active group of bilingual youths to interact with other like-minded peers from various institutions. In addition, closed-door sharing sessions with our prominent local business leaders and international high-profile speakers are also organised to facilitate trans-generational exchange and knowledge transfer.
Singaporean/SPR students who are interested to join the BCYC, please email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Excite students to want to know about contemporary and future China.
Explore China through learning about its language, culture and social conditions.
Experience China and the changing face of its society personally.
Excite, Explore & Experience are the three fundamentals that form the E3 workshop conceptualised by Business China. E3 workshop is a preparatory workshop for tertiary students before they embark on an immersion journey in China. Comprising of interactive games and intimate sharing sessions by a China-issues specialist and the past participants, the E3 workshop aims to engage students in a less formal and interesting setting.
The annual China Learning Journey for selected Business China Youth Chapter members serves as an effective platform for youths to gain holistic and in-depth understanding of contemporary China. The trip also aims to motivate these active youth members to build friendship and network with professionals and students in China as basis for future partnerships.
At the end of the journey, participants would pen down their thoughts and reflections in the Go East Journal. Click here to find out more.
In a bid to actively reach out to Singaporean youths to instill the importance for them to be future-ready and China-savvy, Business China started conducting Outreach to School sessions in 2013. Besides creating awareness for Business China and its various initiatives, students will be encouraged to have a global outlook, upkeep bicultural competency, and be more pro-active in creating and harnessing opportunities brought about by a rising China.
Through the one-hour session, students will also be challenged and motivated to start thinking and take action for what they want to achieve when China becomes the world’s top economy in future. Students attending the session are required to sign up for our free Business China student membership where they can be further involved in our future activities. Active student members with leadership quality will be invited to join our Business China Youth Chapter, a unique platform for like-minded bilingual bicultural youths to network and organise youth-centric programmes that promote their linkages with China.
- Upkeep their Chinese language skills
- Deepen their understanding of Chinese culture
- Keep pace with contemporary developments in China
Many outstanding speakers had graced the China-Quotient Student Forums and shared their experiences working and living in China. They include Mr Lim Swee Say, Minister, Prime Minister’s Office and Business China Board Adviser; Mrs Josephine Teo, Senior Minister of State for Finance and Transport, and Business China Board Member; Mr Lee Yi Shyan, Senior Minister of State for Trade and Industry & National Development, and Business China Board Member and Mr Lim Ming Yan, President and Group CEO of CapitaLand Group, and Business China Board Member.